Minister Hazel Brandy-Williams delivers address in observance of World Kidney Day on Nevis

(ZIZ News) – St. Kitts and Nevis has joined the globe in observance of World Kidney Day 2019.

During her address in observance of world kidney day today Thursday March 14, Minister responsible for Health in the Premier’s Ministry, Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams said her government will address the barriers that contribute to the higher prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease known as (CKD), in women versus their male counterparts.

She said although CKD is not the leading cause of death in St. Kitts and Nevis, Non-Communicable diseases account for more than half the deaths each year in the federation.

Brandy-Williams said Nevis’s Public Health Centres have on record, 473 diabetic and 522 hypertensive patients and those figures are expected to increase while also noting that Chronic Kidney diseases are not curable.

She said her Ministry will therefore focus on preventative measures to combat the increase of these diseases.

According to the website, worldkidneyday.org, about 850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes with chronic kidney diseases being responsible for at least 2.4 million deaths per year and are now the 6th fastest growing cause of death.

World Kidney Day is being celebrated under the theme, “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere”.

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